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  1. MuddyCreek

    Muddy Creek Brewing Co. Brewery Build- Start to Finish Thread

    Meeting with our ins. consultant tonight. We should begin to see how badly screwed we are.
  2. MuddyCreek

    Muddy Creek Brewing Co. Brewery Build- Start to Finish Thread

    We have insurance. Claim process is a Bitch. We don't know what happened. Investigation underway. We were talking with investors about expanding. We are now working out our next steps. If anyone can share this, it would be truly helpful. I will keep everyone updated...
  3. MuddyCreek

    Muddy Creek Brewing Co. Brewery Build- Start to Finish Thread

    For those of you who don't know... Last weds night...
  4. MuddyCreek

    Muddy Creek Brewery: Hot Break!

    Happy Nearly Independence Day Folks! I hope everyone is well. We are about to release our first ever Kolsch. I'm excited about it. We're informally calling it "Lawn Mower" although we know due to infringement we can't use that name in our formal releases. Not much to report. Just enjoying...
  5. MuddyCreek

    Muddy Creek Brewery: Hot Break!

    We brewed a Kolsch a couple weeks ago (ya, I'm not going to go dig up the o with the accent symbol...) That should be about ready in another couple weeks. Some other things have happened that I ought to update you guys on should you still be following... We were fortunate enough to hire a...
  6. MuddyCreek

    Muddy Creek Brewery: Hot Break!

    As you can see my posts have gotten very few and far between. Just so darn busy all the time. I do feel badly about it in the unlikely event anybody ever reads these. Anyway, every now and then you have an opportunity to be humbled. (We attended a festival last week and failed to medal, but...
  7. MuddyCreek

    Muddy Creek Brewery: Hot Break!

    4th Birthday coming up. Planning on having music and some food. We'll throw out a couple fun activities and we will let them eat cake!
  8. MuddyCreek

    Muddy Creek Brewery: Hot Break!

    The Struggle is Real. Nothing new to report really. We're just forging onward. January is a terrible month for us historically. Too many foks are either too cold to get out or they are hanging on to those new year resolutions. Things will pick up in Feb. and March, but January is not our...
  9. MuddyCreek

    Muddy Creek Brewery: Hot Break!

    (When we self-distribute, we use a mini-van! Like a Boss!) ;-)
  10. MuddyCreek

    Muddy Creek Brewery: Hot Break!

    I don't know if it's a sign of success or impending cataclysm, but we have to order 2 more pallets of kegs to keep our distributors happy. We need another batch of 1/4s and 1/6s. I have something of an update for you on that front as well. Remember we had a distributor that we had a kind of...
  11. MuddyCreek

    Muddy Creek Brewery: Hot Break!

    Sorry, there are 3 music licensing companies, ASCAP, SESAC and FUGUYS (Can't remember the last one. ;-). They all have catalogues of music that they license for published artists. If you play live music or even canned music, they hound the living **** out of you to pay them monthly or...
  12. MuddyCreek

    Muddy Creek Brewery: Hot Break!

    Hey all. The Oktober seamer is doing a great job for us. We received it Nov. 3 and we've already gone through more than 600 cans. So THAT's pretty good. We did a Black Friday can sale, 25% off and we do a random Beer of the Week, where THAT beer in cans is 25% off. Turns out MOST folks like...
  13. MuddyCreek

    Muddy Creek Brewery: Hot Break!

    Well, we've made another small equipment upgrade to the brewery. Following the advice of a good friend of mine as well as our own inclination, we have purchased an Oktober can seamer. We can now offer cans-to-go. We're getting a display fridge and we're getting organized to submit for a...
  14. MuddyCreek

    Muddy Creek Brewery: Hot Break!

    We can self-distribute in Montana, we just aren't staffed to do that conveniently at the moment. And there are a couple of mobile canners in the area code that we can use. The issue is that unless you plan on doing a canning run of 20 or 30 bbls or more, the cost is so high that you really...
  15. MuddyCreek

    Muddy Creek Brewery: Hot Break!

    I guess other improvements we've made - things that in hindsight seem pretty much common sense... We added a stainless T and an additional glass tube at the outlet of our plate chiller. The glass tube of course lets us see the wort coming through to the FV and we use the T to insert a digital...
  16. MuddyCreek

    Muddy Creek Brewery: Hot Break!

    Hey New Jersey, well it was some time ago that I posted about our visit to Beaverhead Brewing in Dillon. We have since purchased 4 10 bbl unitanks and a matching glycol system. That was 7 or 8 months ago. We have since been able to significantly increase our yield and I expect folks would...
  17. MuddyCreek

    Muddy Creek Brewery: Hot Break!

    WE LIVE! I am so sorry for going MIA for so long. It's been a minute. We have done been working our way through so many upgrades and updates, I don't even know where to begin. First off, we're not only still open, we're doing well. We've won 18 awards, we've expanded our fermentation...
  18. MuddyCreek

    Muddy Creek Brewery: Hot Break!

    So we headed down to Dillon to visit Beaverhead Brewing. Had a few fine beers there and visited with the owner. We checked out their fermentors which are very nice indeed. We're finishing our review of glycol systems and once we're satisfied we've selected on that meets our needs and can be...
  19. MuddyCreek

    Naked passive aggressive people!

    I take a break for awhile and the place goes all GreenPeace on me... What the Heck?
  20. MuddyCreek

    Muddy Creek Brewery: Hot Break!

    Actually Pretzelb, we went back to our 10 bbl system and we've been happily brewing on it for several months now. We're 100% gas fired and we're putting in a heat shield to make us a bit more efficient on that front. It's been going pretty well. We are currently looking at an equipment...
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